234.6  Powers and duties of the administrator.

The administrator shall be vested with the authority to administer the family investment program, state supplementary assistance, food programs, child welfare, and emergency relief, family and adult service programs, and any other form of public welfare assistance and institutions that are placed under the administrator's administration. The administrator shall perform duties, formulate and adopt rules as may be necessary; shall outline policies, dictate procedure, and delegate such powers as may be necessary for competent and efficient administration. Subject to restrictions that may be imposed by the director of human services and the council on human services, the administrator may abolish, alter, consolidate, or establish subdivisions and may abolish or change offices previously created. The administrator may employ necessary personnel and fix their compensation; may allocate or reallocate functions and duties among any subdivisions now existing or later established; and may adopt rules relating to the employment of personnel and the allocation of their functions and duties among the various subdivisions as competent and efficient administration may require.

The administrator shall:

1.  Cooperate with the federal social security board created by Title VII of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 901], enacted by the 74th Congress of the United States and approved August 14, 1935, or other agency of the federal government for public welfare assistance, in such reasonable manner as may be necessary to qualify for federal aid, including the making of such reports in such form and containing such information as the federal social security board, from time to time, may require, and to comply with such regulations as such federal social security board, from time to time, may find necessary to assure the correctness and verification of such reports.

2.  Furnish information to acquaint the public generally with the operation of the acts under the jurisdiction of the administrator.

3.  With the approval of the director of human services, the governor, the director of management, and the director of revenue and finance, set up from the funds under the administrator's control and management an administrative fund and from the administrative fund pay the expenses of operating the division.

4.  Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary in chapter 239B relating to the consideration of income and resources of claimants for assistance, the administrator, with the consent and approval of the director of human services and the council on human services, shall make such rules as may be necessary to qualify for federal aid in the assistance programs administered by the administrator.

5.  The department of human services shall have the power and authority to use the funds available to it, to purchase services of all kinds from public or private agencies to provide for the needs of children, including but not limited to psychiatric services, supervision, specialized group, foster homes and institutional care.

6.  Have authority to use funds available to the department, subject to any limitations placed on the use thereof by the legislation appropriating the funds, to provide to or purchase, for families and individuals eligible therefor, services including but not limited to the following:

a.  Child care for children or day care for adults, in facilities which are licensed or are approved as meeting standards for licensure.

b.  Foster care, including foster family care, group homes and institutions.

c.  Intensive family preservation services and family-centered services, as defined in section 232.102, subsection 10, paragraph "b".

d.  Family planning.

e.  Protective services.

f.  Services or support provided to a child with mental retardation or other developmental disability or to the child's family, either voluntarily by the department of human services or in accordance with a court order entered under section 222.31 or 232.182, subsection 5.

g.  Transportation services.

h.  Any services, not otherwise enumerated in this subsection, authorized by or pursuant to the United States Social Security Act of 1934, as amended.

7.  Administer the food programs authorized by federal law, and recommend rules necessary in the administration of those programs to the director for promulgation pursuant to chapter 17A.

8.  Provide consulting and technical services to the director of the department of education, or the director's designee, upon request, relating to prekindergarten, kindergarten, and before and after school programming and facilities.

9.  Recommend rules for their adoption by the council on human services for before and after school child care programs, conducted within and by or contracted for by school districts, that are appropriate for the ages of the children who receive services under the programs.

10.  In determining the reimbursement rate for services purchased by the department of human services from a person or agency, the department shall not include private moneys contributed to the person or agency unless the moneys are contributed for services provided to a specific individual.

Section History: Early form

  [C39, § 3661.007; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 234.6]

Section History: Recent form

  88 Acts, ch 1134, § 56; 89 Acts, ch 206, § 2; 92 Acts, ch 1229, § 21-23; 93 Acts, ch 97, §28; 97 Acts, ch 41, § 32; 99 Acts, ch 192, §28

Internal References

  Referred to in § 234.38


  See § 13.6

  For future amendments to subsection 6, paragraph f, effective upon the date of federal approval of a waiver request submitted pursuant to 98 Acts, ch 1218, §7, subsection 10, see 99 Acts, ch 111, §5, 7

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